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Information, Communication & Technology A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Studying our A-Level ICT course will develop your understanding of ICT and the social impact of its use in organisations. You will learn to use computer software, such as Excel for spreadsheets and Access for databases. You will also have an opportunity to create a system for a user, to develop your ability to analyse, appraise and make critical judgments about the use of ICT. You will learn about the role of ICT in management and dissemination of information and develop an awareness of the economic, social and ethical implications of the use of ICT systems. 


A Level ICT complements most other A-Levels; however we would recommend that students with strong maths and Science abilities consider AS/A-Level Computing. 

Course content

  • Developing an understanding of security aspects of ICT,
  • Understanding the importance of testing and developing robust solutions,
  • Identification and classification of ICT software and hardware,
  • Designing and developing database software,
  • Designing and developing spreadsheet software,
  • Following a systematic approach to problem identification and analysis.
  • Developing an understanding of the legal aspects of ICT. 


Which students do well at A-Level ICT?


•       …those who have an interest in how technology is used by large and small organisations,

•       …those who want to use and develop advanced software skills such as spreadsheets and databases,

•       …those who enjoy solving problems and producing solutions to real world problems,

•       …those who have an interest in business and wish to learn about the under pinning technology,

•       …those who have an appreciation of technology in the modern world. 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • 5 A*-C GCSEs


•       Three modular examinations. 2 in year 12 (AS) and one in Year 13 (A2) (75%)

•    In-depth production coursework piece (25%) in Year 13 (A2) 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poole High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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